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Elon Musk’s Twitter Whistleblower Subpoenaed Before Trial

Elon Musk‘s The legal team has issued a summons to a whistleblower on Twitter before an October 1. 17 trials in Delaware.

The subpoena arose Monday due to a complaint filed by former Twitter security chief Peiter Zatko against the company. Zatko made accusations of security issues, fake “bot” accounts, and fraud. Musk’s lawyers believe the Tesla CEO could use Zatko’s accusations as a basis to break the contract. agreement did to buy the social media company in April for $44 billion, according to The New York Times.

In the complaint obtained by washington postZatko claimed that Twitter has had “extreme and egregious shortcomings” from federal regulators and board members, including Musk. Zatko also accused the social media platform of violating a 2011 settlement with the Federal Trade Commission regarding the security of users’ personal information.

The complaint, with the assistance of the non-profit legal organization Help for whistleblowerswhich was filed in July with the FTC, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice.

The SEC questioned Twitter in June about its methods for capturing fake accounts and “the underlying judgments and assumptions used by management,” according to The Associated Press.

Zatko was a security executive at Twitter from November 2020 to January 2022. He was fired from the company for “Ineffective leadership and poor performance,” according to a Twitter spokesperson.

The spokesperson called Zatko’s complaint a “false narrative about Twitter and our privacy and data practices,” and said his “opportunistic timing” appears “designed to grab attention and inflict harm on Twitter.”

Musk recently filed a citation against former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for what he described as the company’s inability to provide information about fake accounts. Musk also said the firing of managers and other employees was the reason for his decision not to buy the company in July.


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